Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finally, Another Excuse to Look at My Phone and Ignore My Friends

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

If you always wanted to chat to people you don't know from the city you happen to be in (and not chat like some creepy AOL thing where anyone can get in, but a chat of only people with iPhones, who are of course, the only people who actually matter), Yobongo is for you:

Yobongo, an iPhone application that seeks to serendipitously connect like-minded strangers in mobile chartrooms, will be available to users in San Francisco, Austin and New York City beginning Thursday.

The application promises to automatically place users in system-generated city groups based on potential compatibility with other app users. The idea is to engineer relationships between people who may already have an interest in one another, but just not know it yet.

“We analyze every pair of messages sent through the system and use that to build up an understanding of who you like talking with,” says co-founder Caleb Elston, “Then when you open Yobongo, we place you with people you have the strongest affinity for. All of these simple signals lead to a very powerful signal,” he says.

When it comes to using the application, Yobongo needs little explanation, and there’s zero friction to getting started. Simply fireup the application and you’ll find yourself in a chatroom with other users. You can post messages to everyone, start one-off private conversations and checkout other group members.

Yobongo is fast, simple and fun — if conversing with strangers is something that sounds appealing to you.


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